August 30, 2012 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Our delegation made the sad and sacred journey to a place on the outskirts of Phnom Penh known as the “killing fields,” yesterday. Over a three year period ending January 7, 1979, many thousands and thousands of innocent men, women and children were brutally murdered then buried in shallow graves in this former chinese burial ground. There are 243 other such sites in Cambodia. These killings were the results of an attempt by the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, to destroy the people of Cambodia and create a cleaner race of people. Today, visitors come to this place to remember how such tragedies effect mankind and to pay tribute to the lives that were lost in this atrocity. Delegates did the same as they viewed the location called “S-21″ (known also as Security 21 – replacing the word, Prision 21, to disguise its intent) – a former school taken over during the war and converted into a prison, including torture chambers where Cambodian political prisoners were tormented before their death. The Khmer Rouge hoped to procure information needed to identify those who did not support the regime. May they all rest in peace.